Being a Mum, it is easy to get into the habit of only doing things for other people. When you are not at work you are cleaning, cooking or shopping for your beloved family. This may be part and parcel of your role but it is not healthy to neglect your own happiness and wellbeing. Constantly doing things for other people can breed resentment so make sure you browse this list and make time for some of the following on a regular basis.
A relaxing day at a spa is a perfect way to recharge the batteries. Find the nearest spa venue to where you live and take the girls along for a pampering session.
Re-read Your Favourite Book
Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves and only read things that you consider ‘productive’, either around work or on motherhood. Get a copy of your favourite ever read and rediscover the joys of that novel.
Take a Holiday
Sometimes you need to get right away from everything. Take a trip with a provider such as UK Breakaways and forget about the chores, work and finances for a couple of days. You’ll come back a much happier mummy.
Let Someone Else Do The Cleaning
Get another family member to take over the cleaning every once in a while. It will give you a break and teach them about hard work. It may also help them respect your role in the family home.
More and more people in the Western world are taking up meditation as a way to centre themselves, take a break and de-stress. It’ wonderful, free way to attain some peace of mind.
Call an Old Friend
This can really help lift your mood and help you remember the person you were before your family drastically changed your priorities. Have a good old natter and relive the old days with a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while.
Go to the Cinema
Have a cinema night, the immersive effect of the big screen can help you forget your worries as you become transfixed by a good film.
This isn’t much of a break but getting rid of the clutter and having a clean house to relax in can do wonders for your mental health. Don’t forget to get all the family to help!
Have a Day Baking Treats
Baking can be wonderfully therapeutic and the rewards after an afternoon’s toil are more than worth the cleaning up.
Mark Regular ‘Me Time’ in Your Calendar
This can be the most difficult of the tasks – the physical act of penning the dates into your calendar may not be hard, but sticking to these afternoons of ‘me time’ becomes difficult when other invitations come in from friends and family commitments get in the way.